Reported:

Steve Jobs has confirmed that Apple have the ability to remotely terminate applications in your iPhone. CNET et all have reported Jobs words which originally appeared in an interview he gave with The Wall Street Journal.

“Mr. Jobs confirmed such a capability exists, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program — one that stole users’ personal data, for example — to be distributed to
iPhones through the App Store. “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.”

Our View:

There seems to be so many Apple apologists in the blogosphere. I wonder if their reaction would be the same if Nokia announced that it’s phones all dialled back into Nokia to tell them what applications you were running. I expect their would be outcry and rightly so and dont let us fool ourselves that this is an attempt to make your iPhone safe from Trojans/viruses. Any half decent code would be so buried in the OS that this wouldn’t see it. I wonder if this is a way of tracking jailbroken phones and then could Apple stop them from connecting to any mobile network, probably not, but it’s a thought!

Sources: CNET / Wall Street Journal